Finely woven example of one of the iconic West African textile forms, an arkilla kerka was the “mother” type of all prestige wedding hangings. When a noble family in Mali planned to celebrate their daughter’s wedding a crucial part of the preparation was to obtain the services of a maabuube master weaver several months in advance. He would take up residence and set up his loom in the family compound and proceed to weave an arkilla kerka. The completed cloth would be hung up on display at the wedding ceremonials and the weaver rewarded with an ox as his payment. The plainer strip at the top was used for hanging. There was a set group of patterns that had names such as “moon and stars”, “the forehead of the wild buffalo”, and “tracks of a rabbit in the sand.” The white is hand spun cotton, the remainder sheep’s wool. This fine example was bought in Mali in the 1970s and is in pristine condition.
Measurements 414 cm X 155, 163 inches X 61.
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